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Exceptional Sudduth Portrait of a Blue-eyed Woman

 With its energetic brushwork and brilliant blue and mauve paint against toasty shades of thick mud, this striking portrait is an exceptional piece of work from self-taught Alabama artist Jimmy Lee Sudduth (1910-2007). I’ve including a number of close-ups that capture in detail the artist’s robust rendering of his subject. The intricately layered textures and […]

antique child's desk and chair alligatored surface

Antique Child’s Desk and Chair with Alligatored Surface

A century ago in the ‘teens and 1920s, orange shellac was a popular finish on furniture. Over time, however, exposure to heat or strong sunlight sometimes resulted in the “alligatored” surface you see on this early child’s desk and chair. For most owners of fine furnishings, alligatoring is an unhappy outcome. But it’s the very […]

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Monkey on a Flag Pole by David Butler (1898-2007)

Of the many creatures that populate self-taught artist David Butler’s imaginary menagerie, monkeys are among his favorites. In this delightful example, the artist presents us with a monkey atop a flagpole and a jaunty figure below who appears eager to retrieve him. Made of painted cut tin roofing tiles, this is an excellent example of […]

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Vintage Wire Ball

Since I’m often attracted to the curious and quirky, this is an object I couldn’t resist: a vintage beach ball-size wire ball. I found it in Iowa on my way to the Midwest Antiques & Art Show where the curios and quirky (along with folky and fine) are always on display. Of unknown age and […]

1930s small octagonaly table or stand

SOLD Mysterious Hand-crafted 1930s Inlaid Octagonal Table

With 24 crisply carved wood hearts, each two inches high, rimming the skirt, and another 41 inlaid symbols and shapes decorating the top and eight paneled legs, this octagonal table/stand is a small-scale-big-impact find. The carved Moorish-style feet and rich patina of different honey-toned woods only add to the appeal. But there’s more to this […]